British driving instructor arrested for passing students for cash
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
The standard to obtain a drivers licence in North America is generally pretty low and inexpensive, which is why far too many people have poor skills and judgement behind the wheel. In Europe, however, the bar is set significantly higher. Getting your full licence in, say, Germany runs about $2,000 and includes between 20-40 hours of intense study and practice. And the standards are so high that most people fail at least once along the way. That's kind of the gold standard, but even places like Great Britain are generally more intense than those found on this side of the pond.
Perhaps that's why more than 100 Britons came forward and admitted that they'd paid one particular driving instructor to pass them unconditionally. According to the BBC, "it is alleged the examiner was bribed, taking as much as £3,000 (around $4,800) for each test that he agreed to pass in advance."
There are actually three instructors and four candidates who have been arrested in London and in the West Midlands, so obviously this is something bigger than just one rotten office.
On a slightly different but still shocking topic, British investigators are also looking into more than 900 cases of identity theft where people allegedly got someone else to write and pass the test in their place.
I'd guess that stuff like this probably happens just about everywhere, including Canada. I mean we've all heard stories about slipping a mechanic a few bucks to have them 'pass' a technically unsafe car, or slip the emission probe into another vehicle to keep their old clunker on the road.
Have you had any experience with instructors or mechanics offering to help you out if you slip them some cash under the table? Let us know in the comments!